The Division Movie to Star Jake Gyllenhaal - Report

Ubisoft Motion Pictures is currently on the hunt for a writer.


Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, and End of Watch actor Jake Gyllenhaal will star in a movie adaptation of Tom Clancy's The Division, it has been reported.

According to Variety, Ubisoft has started developing the movie, and Gyllenhaal is attached as both lead actor and producer. The company is currently looking for a writer to pen the script, the site adds.

Gyllenhaal is no stranger to working with Ubisoft gaming franchises, as he previously played the lead in Disney's adaptation of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Ubisoft recently established an internal movie division and has a total of six movies based on its most popular gaming franchises in development. These include Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, Watch Dogs, and Far Cry.

While movies adapted from video games have a bad reputation, Ubisoft hopes to change this by retaining creative control of its projects.

"The best way to [make sure a video game movie doesn't fall flat] is to make sure you control what is important in movie creation," Ubisoft chief executive Yves Guillemot previously said.

"It's the scenario and the cast and the director. And if you are capable of negotiating with those guys in the movie production studios, making sure they are on the same page as you, that they understand the IP-- what is strong, what makes it interesting for the gamers--then you can create something that will match people's expectations."

Its first major motion picture adaptation is Assassin's Creed, which opens on December 21, a week after Star Wars spinoff Rogue One comes out.

Film company Fox reportedly has plans for two Assassin's Creed movie sequels.

"It's not a one-off," producer Pat Crowley recently said. "Everybody expects that this movie will continue."

The Division has proved to be one of Ubisoft's most successful video game launches, having generated more than $330 million worldwide in its first five days on sale, becoming the company's fastest-selling game ever.

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